Television

Wally Pikal may have been the only music retailers who played on the Johnny Carson Show!  Wally opened his store, Wally Pikal Music, in Hutchinson, Minnesota in 1964.  Up to that time he had been a sought-after bandleader and trumpeter in and around the Midwest.  One of his tricks, that got the...
Ira Nepus is the type of musician who is always looking to expand his knowledge in order to be as useful a player as possible for each of his gigs.  The philosophy has become a trade mark for his TV and film work as well as in the recording studios for products ranging from rock to jazz.  At the...
Glen D. Hardin had the opportunity to play alongside his favorite performer, the artist he most admired as a young music fan, Ray Charles.  Glen grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and began playing the piano when he heard a family member play.  He went on to become a well-known arranger and pianist in the...
J. Aaron Brown headed up Word Publishing in Nashville between 1970 and 1980. Before that time he had worked with several musicals acts, including the Oak Ridge Boys.  As a songwriter himself, Aaron added his personal knowledge and passion for music to all of the projects he was involved with over...
Lalo Schifrin composed "Mission Impossible" for television and "Dirty Harry" for the movies (among others) and yet what seems to have brought him the most personal joy was his work and friendship with Dizzy Gillespie!  During his childhood and music education in college, Lalo was a big jazz fan so...
John Clauder played drums and percussion in the LA recording studios in the 1950s, 60s and 70s and can be heard on many hits, such as those produced by Phil Spector. John played in front of and behind the camera on dozens of TV shows and movies during his career, which he enjoyed very much. Deeply...
Jimmy Vivino wanted to be a blues guitarist when he first heard “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix!  He has since been a successful musician both on stage and in the studios. He and his brother played the Crown Lounge in New Jersey (Jimmy on B-3) and backed up all the groups that came to club, such as the...
Hubert Friar was hired by the Gibson Guitar Company in Kalamazoo in 1959.  Hubert worked for the company over 25 years.  He worked at the end of the line, doing fret work.  Hubert grew up playing guitar and knew Ren Wall and his father as a kid.  When he was older he was recommended by Ren's father...
Ren Wall proudly followed his father's footsteps and worked in the Gibson Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He began working for the company in 1960 and continued until 1982.  A few years later he returned to the very same factory to work for Heritage Guitar Company, which was formed by...
Scott Houston is known as The Piano Guy thanks to his long running PBS teaching show. During the programs long run Scott has encouraged thousands of people to become music makers, making him the ideal person to speak about the importance of Recreational Music Making (RRM). His passion for teaching...

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